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A retainer is often necessary to prevent relapse after braces have fully corrected the alignment of your teeth. If it’s not countered by the regular use the latent tension in the periodontal ligaments could cause your teeth relapse out of their ideal position.

Hawley retainers are the most common types of retainers provided by Gary Lee Breece DDS MS’s orthodontic specialists. It is a removable dental appliance created from a special acrylic material. It also includes strong wires that will lock the retainer in your mouth.

Your retainer will need daily care and consistent oral hygiene habits prevent damage and maximize its ability to prevent relapse. If any aspect of it is bent, damaged, or the retainer suffers excess wear and tear, it could increase the amount of time they need to use a retainer.

It’s best to remove the retainer when you eat, this will prevent food particles from getting trapped under the retainer and keeps it safe from damage. Ideally, you should always store it in the case provided.

The Hawley retainer can easily be refreshed by soaking it for a few minutes in an equal mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash. You can then also lightly brush away any plaque buildup with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.

If you had Dr. Gary Lee Breece correct the alignment of your teeth with braces and you have questions about how to best maintain your retainer, you can always call 580-233-2557 to speak to a staff member at his orthodontic clinic in Enid, Oklahoma.